My Botox Experience

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jeni with botoxI currently have Botox, and I think it makes me look several years younger. Usually when I try to judge someone’s age, I look for wrinkles around their eyes, but the Botox has gotten rid of those lines, as well as the lines in my forehead and between my eyes. I thought it would be years before I’d consider Botox (I’m 32 now) and when I interviewed at the Medical Spa I worked at, I told the manager “I was too young for Botox” when she asked me if I had ever considered getting it. Despite that comment, I got the job and Botox! I worked at the Medical Spa a good six months before I decided I had seen enough clients get the treatment, and I was ready to try it. I also went through some sales training from Allergan, the maker of Botox Cosmetic, and I hadn’t seen a single client or co-worker have a bad reaction. I was extremely nervous because I am very afraid of needles, but the thought of getting rid of wrinkles outweighed the injection fear!

The pain actually wasn’t bad at all, and it just stung a tiny bit around my eyes. A topical numbing agent was first applied to my skin, and the actual procedure took 10 minutes. Probably about 10 pricks total were made around my eyes, between my brows, and in my forehead. All together I got 35 units. Normally I have faint wrinkles in my forehead and between my eyebrows, and small crows feet around my eyes. It took several days before I started to see results from the treatment, and a full two weeks before I had the maximum results. All the wrinkles were essentially gone, and when I smiled, my cheeks puffed out just a bit more under my eyes. My eyebrows were slightly lifted, and the best part was that my eyes looked totally even for the first time ever! I have one slightly droopy eye, but the Botox totally fixed that!! I also had one unit injected under my bottom lip to cause it to pout. I already have big lips, so I wasn’t crazy about the results on me, but it would be good for someone with thinner lips.

The day after I got the treatment, I had a horrible headache, and I was paranoid it would never go away, but it did! That was the only side effect I had. When the Botox took effect, my forehead felt a bit stiff, and it was hard to lift my eyebrows up that much, and it was impossible to furrow my brows, so I had to frown with my mouth to show expression! It felt a little weird having a stiff forehead – kind of like I put a big piece of masking tape there – but it wasn’t a big deal. No one noticed I looked any different, so it looked very natural, and I would get compliments all the time at the Medical Spa about how I looked young. Before the Botox, I think I looked almost my age. After about two months, the Botox started to wear off slightly in my forehead, and I was able to move my forehead more. It took three months for the Botox to wear off in my forehead, and four months around my eyes. At four months, I had it done again, but was told I didn’t need quite as much the second time, since the wrinkles weren’t as pronounced. I was able to move my forehead more the second time around, so if you don’t get as much Botox, you will have the ability to have more facial expressions. But if you don’t get enough, you won’t see the results you’re looking for. It’s best to tell the injector what you’re trying to accomplish and let he or she tell you how much Botox you will need.

Overall, of all the beauty treatments I’ve tried, Botox, and sunscreen have made the biggest improvements in keeping my skin looking young. Since I didn’t have to pay for the expensive treatment, it was great, but I will probably only continue to get it around my eyes, since it doesn’t take a lot of units in that area, and the wrinkles there bother me the most. I will write a separate post about Botox tips.

ps. This picture of me was taken on Friday. Sheesh, my California Tan has totally worn off (or maybe the flash was just really bright!)

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9 Responses to “My Botox Experience”

  1. Iry Says:

    Wow! I would have answered the same thing If being asked the same question! But we never know, don’t ya.. Haha.. Nice to hear about your experience with botox.. At least it’s not as scary as it’s sound.. :)

  2. Jeanie Says:

    So after reading your post, i was wondering: did you have the botox for crows feet? I am looking for an injectable and scared of restalyne a bit. i have fine lines directly under the eyes and a bit of sagging. I am looking for smoothness and lift. would botox be the best bet?

  3. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    Yes I had Botox injected for my crow’s feet, and they pretty much went away after the Botox took effect. They were gone for about 4 months. Botox works really well for wrinkles around the sides of the eyes – crow’s feet. If you have wrinkles under your eyes, I’m not sure if you’d be able to get Botox in that area. Botox can help lift your eyebrows, but I’m not sure if you could use it for sagging under your eyes. The only time I’ve seen Restylane used around the eyes is to fill in hollow areas to make bags less apparent.

  4. Vicky Says:

    Hi there,

    I always find it very interesting to read other women’s cosmetic experiences, esp. on injections and plastic surgery.

    So, you say you are happy with the Botox treatment and I would have no reason to doubt, but when I read your age I thought “she must be kidding us”: 32? And you had noticeable wrinkles already that needed Botox fixing? I mean, no offense, but I wonder if at that age you saw wrinkles and results that in reality were not there in the first place. Let’s face it, society puts a lot of pressure on women to look “fresh” and we all worry about it.

    I’m 36 and my biggest fears are – current – skin dullness and – future – skin sagging (which Botox can’t fix) but I don’t have any deep wrinkles at all (I moisturise since the age of 17, however, and avoid sun exposure like mad).

    I am also afraid of injecting myself with a Toxin, which will inevitably get metabolised via my liver (nobody is bothered about it? e.g. the medical staff claimed for years that Hydroquinone, used as a topical application in skin whitening, was safe too, until they banned it a few years ago for causing skin cancer even years after the treatment(!!!).

    So, I am considering the contour thread lift or Featherlift at around the age of 40 as a more permanent and less toxic solution. Has anybody tried that?

    Regarding wrinkles I read somewhere that injections with your own body fat can fill the wrinkles and actually help to permanently smooth them.

  5. Angel Says:

    OK, I am a nurse injector and Nurse Practitioner and I have to defend Hydroquinone. KNOW your research and FDA laws before you just start posting comments that are false. Hydroquinone has NEVER been banned in Europe or USA. What was banned in Europe was over the counter 2/3%hydroquinone of which remains over the counter in US as Europe believe that it should be monitored by physicians. Hydroquinone remains to be a VERY safe product. The “cancer” causing effect has never been reproduced in humans. In the study, rats were feed 1,000 times higher dose orally and placed under UV light. They grew lesions under this light and claimed that the hydroquinone caused the cancer. I believe that this correlation with hydroquinone and cancer was uncorrect since we know UV A/B cause cancer themselves.
    Although, botox is grown from a toxin, you must remember so is penicillin, have you ever used this? Have you used it more than once? how about twice? OK, then Botox is safe, nobody has EVER had a long term consequence with botox. How about the routine epidurals in labor and delivery, everyone get those and their are documented LONG term complications from that.
    It’s all in what you feel comfortable with, but please girls, know your research, know the facts, trust your provider, doctor or nurse. Stay beautiful, and wear sunscreen!

  6. Casey Says:

    Hi, I also recently had Botox between my eyebrows and on my top lip for a couple of lines there. I found the injections between my brow mostly painless, but the ones in the lips were awful!!! I would definitely recommend numbing cream for that region of your face.
    I love the look of my brow, it has been two months and it still looks great. Can’t frown, but that’s a good thing as the lines can’t get any deeper while you have Botox there, and apparently you need less as the lines are less.
    But the Botox for my lips just resulted in my mouth feeling extremely strange for a couple of weeks, and the lines returned about one week later. That muscle is just too big and has to move too much, so fillers or laser would be better I have heard.
    I had a chemical peel last week on my neck for deep lines and sagging. The skin is coming off in large chunks, but there still are lines underneath, so not sure if it’s going to be any good. Apparently you can get Botox in the neck area which lasts quite a long time (up to 18 months). Has anyone out there had this and how is the result? Also, has anyone else discovered anything that works for neck lines, as there doesn’t seem to be any treatment that actually works well for necks.

  7. Stephanie Says:

    @ Casey. Botox Cosmetic does not work well for lips or neck lines. I am glad to hear someone had it done on their lips and wrote about first hand experience. I spoke to my dermatologist who performed my injections and she told me she tried the neck lines on her sister (35 years old) and used 60 units and there wasn’t any response. My dermatologist also told me she’s reluctantly tried it in women in their 40s and 50s with the same issue. The best thing is prevention! Lather on sunscreen over your face, neck and chest everyday. I’ve read the only thing for neck lines is a necklift, which is usually combined with a facelift.
    Don’t be scared of Botox Cosmetic, it is a truly amazing drug with instant gratification!

  8. Sandra@botoxinfo Says:

    Botox(sometimes known as botax) injections are commonly performed and generally safe. Just like any other medical procedure, Botox is not without its share of side effects. The side effects are not life-threatening but they can affect your quality of life. If Botox side effects occur, they’re usually temporary starting within the first days of injection, but may persist for several months.

  9. May Says:

    So, noone noticed the difference at all, EXCEPT the ones who work in the SPA. Uhm, then whats the point?. Btw, I thought you were older than 32.

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